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Ahmadinejad urges respect for nations rights

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday urged the international community to adopt a respectful and fair view to rights of nations.

He called for removal of discrimination as vital factor for establishment of regional and international peace and stability.

President Ahmadinejad made the remarks while addressing the seventh summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

"We are regretful certain government in the world still speak with language of bullying and threat while the world needs peace and security more than everything else.

"Peace and security will be established in light of spiritual and humanitarian values," he said.

He added, "Unfortunately, nations see the continued occupation in certain parts of the world during the past several year. New attacks on countries and their interests took place which were aimed at occupying and imposing a new political plan in the Middle East.

"These attacks failed to yield the desired outcome, but, nations in the regions suffered great pains." "Plan of the certain bullying power faced outrage from the respective governments as it announced it intends to build new missile sites in the area," he said in reference to the US plan to set up missile bases in Poland and the Czech republic.

"The predicted goals are beyond threatening just one country, rather they threaten important part of the continent (Asia) and the SCO member states," Ahmadinejad stated.

He added that the SCO has enormous potential to prevent bullying, aggression and threats and become pioneer of peace and friendship in the world.

"Establishing coherence in regional and international policies is a must. Coherence in policies will help adopt an appropriate behavior towards organizations distributing illicit drugs, organized crimes and terrorism." Ahmadinejad said, "Economic and industrial progress, new technologies, investment and access to great monetary resources have prepared good opportunities to promote economic goals of the SCO." "Energy consumption is increasing among the SCO members and in the world. Consumption and producing energy in the member states of the organization prepare an appropriate ground for cooperation in various fields of energy." He once again expressed Iran's readiness to hold a meeting of oil and gas ministers of the SCO members and observers to discuss ways to expand cooperation on exploration, extraction, energy transfer and joint venture.

The Iranian president stressed that the organization would take effective steps in the areas of transportation, transit of goods, providing customs facilities and establishing free trade zones.

He added that promotion of economic cooperation along with cultural, political and security ties would play an effective role in strengthening peace and tranquility in the region and international stability while preventing threats of the international hegemonic system and its illegal and bullying interference.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to expand cooperation with the SCO member states by relying on its economic, cultural and political capabilities," Ahmadinejad added.

The seventh summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) ended in Kyrgyz capital Bishkek Thursday.

Senior officials of the SCO six permanent members, China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, attended the summit, opened Thursday morning.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took part at the summit as an observer while presidents of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan and prime ministers of India, Pakistan and Mongolia were among other participants.

Top-ranking officials delivered speeches at the event to elaborate on their plans for development of the SCO member countries.

The Iranian president also outlined Tehran's stance on the SCO and regional and international developments.

... Payvand News - 8/17/07 ... --

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